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Children in Museums Award 2024

The Children in Museums Award 2024 is an initiative that celebrates and recognizes outstanding contributions to engaging children in the museum experience. This prestigious award aims to honour institutions and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and creativity in making museums more accessible and enjoyable for our youngest audiences.


About the Award

The Children in Museums Award acknowledges innovative practices, programs, and exhibits that foster a positive and enriching environment for children in museums. The CMA was established in 2011 by the European Museum Academy and Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It recognises excellence and innovation in programmes and exhibits designed for children up to the age of 14 years.

Whether through interactive exhibits, educational programs, or inclusive design, we are looking for initiatives that inspire curiosity, learning, and a sense of wonder in young minds.

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Applications are welcomed from children’s museums; from education, children’s and youth departments in museums; science centres; and from other cultural institutions with a particular emphasis on children’s programming. Museums may be long-established or recently opened. However, priority is given to programmes which display recent innovation. Candidates can compete as such or apply with a special (temporary) programme or exhibition. The project entered for the Award, however, must be current and open for viewing in the judging year, i.e. between 15 March and 30 June 2024.
Applications will be assessed against these criteria: Innovation, Quality of Learning, Inclusion & Social Impact, Information & Communication, Staff.
Regular: €295 Hands On! Members: €225
The winner of our travelling Miffy trophy and a 5000€ cash prize sponsored by Mercis B.V. will be announced in the course of a festive evening event. Nominees will be named honorary ambassadors of the 21st Century Children Project co-funded by the European Union, as the represent best practice examples of future-oriented museum spaces for children.


India                                       The Museum of Solutions (MuSo), Mumbai

Korea, Republic of               Seoul Children’s Museum

The Netherlands                  Groninger Museum, Groningen

The Netherlands                  Miffy Museum, Utrecht

The Netherlands                  University Museum Utrecht

Poland                                    POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

Spain                                      Science Museum CosmoCaixa, Barcelona